The Phillies needed a strong start from Kyle Kendrick as the Marlins were throwing difficult lefty Wade LeBlanc. The Phillies got their wish as Kendrick went seven innings allowing just one run on two hits, while striking out a career high eight batters. Kendrick took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. Dom Brown went deep for the second time this year to give the Phillies a 2-0 lead. Michael Martinez would score on a flukey passed ball that had Marlins manager Ozzie Guillen upset that at the umpires. The Phillies would go on to win 3-1 with Antonio Bastardo getting the save. More here.
For those scoreboard watching, the other game of high importance last night was the St. Louis Cardinals-San Diego Padres matchup. The Cardinals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the top of the second but the Padres responded immediately with two runs of their own in the bottom half. The Padres didn’t stop scoring in the second inning either as they proceeded to pour 11 runs on the Cardinals and hand them an 11-3 loss. The Phillies are now 5 games back in the Wild Card race with the Dodgers 1 game back and the Pirates 2.5 games back. More here.
Monday Night Football kicked off last night with its annual doubleheader. This week featured the Eagles next opponent, the Ravens, and their division rival Bengals in the early game. The Ravens looked like the Super Bowl contender they have been hyped to be. Their defense was as smothering as ever and their offense was as good as it has been since Art Modell moved the team to Baltimore in 1996. The Ravens put up 44 points and beat the Bengals 44-13 behind 299 yards and 2 touchdowns from QB Joe Flacco. In the second game, the Raiders faced off at home against the Chargers. The Chargers, behind 5 field goals from kicker Nate Kaeding, were able to hold off the Raiders, who botched 3 punts in the process, 22-14. More here and here.